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Struggle Over Water Rights For Nevada Gold Mine

RENO NV

Five conservation groups have joined a tribe’s effort to block the expansion of a northeast Nevada gold mine they say would suck water from other area users and destroy cultural resources and habitat for sensitive wildlife dependent on nearby wetlands. It’s the latest attempt to scuttle expansion of the Long Canyon Gold Mine, which requires pumping water from the ground to draw the water table down about 1,000 feet (304 meters) to keep the open pit dry while mining the ore.

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